Is Marvel Studios eyeing director Shawn Levy for Deadpool 3?

By Stephen Ippolito | August 6th, 2021

With his new movie Free Guy coming out next week, director Shawn Levy has been making the interview rounds to promote it. Starring Deadpool’s Ryan Reynolds, the film has gotten off to a strong start with positive reviews.

During one particular interview with Inverse, the Night at the Museum and Stranger Things director was asked about rumors of reteaming with Reynolds to helm Deadpool 3.

“I’m going to mostly skirt that question, which might be an answer,” he said. “I’ll answer the last part of it, which is: I’m a fan. I’m a fan of Deadpool, like a massive fan. And I’m a fan of the Marvel Universe and the way in which increasingly, individual filmmakers of real note can make and express with their own voice and vision through that franchise behemoth, whether it’s what Taika did with Ragnarok, what Eternals is going to be, what James Gunn did with Guardians.”

“These are real films that also happen to be Marvel movies,” Levy continued. “So, for the right title – because I only raised my hand on stuff where I know what to do with that, and there’s a few where I feel I know what to do with that. So we’ll see.”

Judging by his comments, it sounds like the rumors are true. 

Because he just worked with him, I wonder if Reynolds is the one pushing for Levey’s hire. Even though the franchise is now under Disney/Marvel Studios’ control, the actor still has a say in the process. In the end though, Marvel head Kevin Feige and company will make the final decision.

Bob’s Burgers writers Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Loeglin are currently writing the script for Deadpool 3. Earlier this year, Feige confirmed that the film will be rated R.

While the film does not have a release day, Reynolds did say recently that it will likely begin filming next year.

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